Haslam, Alexander And Corker Showcase South As Driving Force In Automotive Industry

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Governor Bill Haslam will deliver the keynote address to attendees of the Southern Automotive Conference when leading manufacturing and supply executives gather for the annual meeting in Chattanooga, Oct. 11-12.

The conference will bring together executives from all sectors of the industry including original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and policy makers. Attendees will explore topics including workforce development, integrating sustainability, best management practices, and engaging and retaining employees.

This year’s conference theme is "The Driving Force: People, Place, Progress." By developing cutting-edge technology, setting the standard for the next generation of automotive assembly and creating a favorable business environment, the South has become the driving force for the United States automotive industry.

“The South has tremendous momentum in the automotive manufacturing sector and the future appears very bright,” said Tom Brewer, president of Tennessee Automotive Manufacturing Association (TAMA), which hosts this year’s event. “A leading reason for strong investment and employment growth is the leadership of Governor Haslam and others Governors in the South who have developed policies to attract and support the industry.”

Highlights of the 2012 Southern Automotive Conference Include:

United States Senator Lamar Alexander, Dennis Cuneo of Fisher & Phillips and Newell Baker of Northfolk Southern will participate in a panel forum that focuses on the South’s emergence over the past quarter century as an automotive industry leader. Tom Griscom, former editor and publisher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, will moderate the session.

Launch of the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturing Hall of Fame to recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee’s automotive industry, one of the state’s largest employers. The launch of the Hall of Fame is in conjunction with TAMA’s 25th anniversary as an organization.

Tennessee’s original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are set to share recent major and minor launches The OEM showcase panel, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, will feature Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman at Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations; Bill May, Plant Manager at General Motors Spring Hill and Donald Stoegbauer, Director at Nissan North America. This panel will feature introductory remarks by Senator Corker.

A premier event at this year’s conference will be a first-of-its kind Innovation Forum sponsored by LaunchTN, a new public-private initiative to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. The forum brings together automotive research and development executives and experts for discussions on manufacturing and automotive technology innovation.

Jay Williams, executive director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Recovery for the Automotive Communities and Workers will reflect on his experiences in the Friday lunch address and Kim Korth of IRN, Inc. will speak directly following the governor on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Conference sessions will also explore leading automotive industry topics including:

·         Automotive Innovation featuring Volkswagen, GM and Nissan

·         Integrating Sustainability into Manufacturing Performance - a case study on GM’s Spring Hill Plant

·         The supplier-OEM relationship – a roundtable of Tennessee suppliers with Magneti Marelli, Calsonic Kansei and ABC Group Fuel Systems

·         Capacity Management: Managing Risk and Matching Supply with Demand

For a complete schedule visit TennAuto.org/2012SAC.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Volkswagen Group of America are presenting sponsors of the conference. The 2012 Southern Automotive Conference is hosted by the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturer’s Association (TAMA).

The Southern Automotive Conference is an annual meeting of automotive manufacturers and suppliers that rotates between Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. In 2012, TAMA hosts the conference in partnership with The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturer’s Association and the Alabama Automotive Manufacturer’s Association. To find out more about the conference please visit TennAuto.org/2012SAC.

TAMA started in 1987 in response to Tennessee's rapidly growing automotive manufacturing industry. The organization provides unique networking and educational opportunities through its membership meetings. TAMA's diverse membership includes OEMs (General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen); Tier 1, 2, and 3 suppliers; government agencies; and professional services organizations that have specialized expertise in the automotive industry. Find out more about TAMA or become a member at TennAuto.org. 

Autumn Witt Boyd Joins Nextlaw Global Referral Network

The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd announced on Wednesday, it has joined Nextlaw Global Referral Network, enabling it to connect its clients to high quality lawyers around the world. Nextlaw Global Referral Network is the largest legal referral network in the world, with 283 member firms, 18,600 lawyers covering 160 countries. Ms. Boyd said, “By joining Nextlaw Global Referral ... (click for more)

Nicholson Celebrates 50 Years At Mohawk

Most people can’t imagine working at the same company for 50 years, but Dalton native Lennie Nicholson can’t imagine anything else.    She began working at Aladdin Mills in 1966 when she was still in high school as part of a Vocational Occupational Training program and was hired on full-time after graduation as a traffic controller, managing truck shipments and making ... (click for more)

2 Witnesses To A Murder Refuse To Testify At Jury Trial

Two men who prosecutors say witnessed a murder in Hixson on Jan. 31, 2014, on Wednesday refused to tell their story to a jury. Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman ordered Andrew Biro and Jacob Tyler "T.Y." Keel to answer questions from prosecutor Lance Pope, but they both refused. Biro had said during testimony in General Sessions Court that Christopher Levi Parker threatened ... (click for more)

PETA And Humane Educational Society Offer Reward For Torture-Killing Of Dog After Envelope Mailed From Chattanooga

An envelope postmarked from Chattanooga and containing a photo of a dog strung between two trees arrived at PETA's office in Virginia Tuesday, along with the severed ear of a dog. PETA members are offering a reward of $5,000-and the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has added another $1,000-for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

As the worldwide debut of the much-anticipated “Hacksaw Ridge” is set for next weekend, it didn’t take long for the anti-gun fanatics to decry “a war movie.” Mel Gibson, the director of the film that focuses on a conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear a weapon but saved an estimated 75 lives, was asked about America’s gun problem as he toured to promote the film. ... (click for more)